Lilly is 10 years old, born with a heart defect, and already addicted to heroin. Her mother is gone from her life, and there are rumors that she was killed by her father and buried near the abandoned house across the street. The house intrigues her, she can't stay away, and the monstrous homeless man who lives there has been trying to get Lilly to come inside.
For her mother is there, buried in the back, and this homeless man is Lilly's true father, and both want their daughter back.
©2014 Wicked Run Press (P)2014 Mark Matthews
The addiction truths.
The outcome of Miss Lily and her end.
I think this is his best! He has really bloomed as a narrator. His future is very bright he did so much better with female voices.
It waswas as though he was not reading but telling you about a person you know. It was so well done I just want give h a pat on the back!
I could not stop listening.. Yes in one sitting I had to know.
Wow what a story to listen to the narrator did amazing job bringing the story to life! I sat through the full playing of the book because I needed to know what happen to Miss Lily. Well done reading. I was given this audiobook in exchange for honest review.
The book it self was good but parts were hard to take almost overwhelming the truth of what drugs do not only to people, but to families. I truely feel honor to have had this experience it makes you little grateful for what you have even when it is little.
There is very strong language this is not a story for the faint of heart or spirit it will make you uncomfortable.. Unless you are not human. I am so speechless it was very raw but well delivered by the narrator . Wow is all I can say.
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If there is one thing that I have come to expect from Mark Matthews, it is extreme horror. But not from the likes of paranormal monsters or zombies or anything like that. It comes from the realistic drug addict monsters that actually exist. I expect nothing less than that here.
Not having any idea what milk-blood was, I was horrified as Matthews layed out the definition. Full of intense, fully conceptualized characters. A story line that gives me goosebumps every time I think about the story. There are some many different things that subtly happen that I am not going into a summary. Just know this, reality horror at its finest.
There were times that I had to stop listening and wasn't sure if I could finish. Not because of a bad story but by disgust. I didn't know if I could stomach it. Matthews takes it to level that I haven't encountered anywhere else.
If you are looking for a short listen that will make you sweat with anticipation, nauseous with disgust, uncomfortable with uneasiness and horrified with real life monsters. Look no further. If you can stomach listening to the entire book, like I did, you will wonder what is wrong with you for doing so.
Jay Wohlert did a great job bringing the madness of the secret lives of addicts to light. He was able to successfully create believable voices for the characters. Even thought there were a few times when he sounded a bit stiff and uncomfortable himself. I can only imagine what is was like to create this performance.
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I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
Sigh. Another book with fluffed ratings. I paid money for this...
This is not a story with a plot and action, it is sort of an exposé of how a social worker understands heroin addiction, poverty and physical disability. I would be very surprised if it represented how the victims of heroin addiction, poverty and physical disability understand themselves. Too much effort is spent trying to shock the reader with word choices and descriptions, when, really, it just felt like a creative lecture coming from someone who has studied the subject and wants to help, but really is just guessing at what is inside people's drug addled minds.
The author inserts himself directly into the story, with little prefaces for some chapters (but not all), to identify the point of view and who/what the chapter is about - normally I would expect the author to show me the point of view and what the chapter is about by, I dunno, writing well?, not by adding in an explanatory paragraph as a lead in for a chapter.
Anyway, you won't be left wondering whether or not it was self-published, which is kind of a shame - the author isn't a bad writer but it just isn't tight enough, plotted enough, or meaningful enough - we want there to be a point/purpose to a story, not just 14 chapters describing a horrible existence then... nothing... it isn't even pop-bang-fizzle, because there is no pop-bang. Someone reviewing/editing this and suggesting a framework to prop the story against would have made this a much better book.
The narration was, ahhh, how to put this politely, not very good - I have no idea how other reviewers heard this as anything better than a mediocre reading - the narrator spoke clearly and did do accents which were not downright horrible, but he sounded like he was reading the story for the first time - to someone who didn't know English very well - in slow motion, enunciating each word carefully. I had to put it on 1.5 speed just to make it resemble normal speech.
Paid reviewers, after two weeks get 4-8 votes and have that power to strike unhelpful against others. Check their history! Your money!
DO THE BEST WITH WHAT YOU GOT
This story grabs you by the guts, not the throat, but by the guts and squeezes. It is probably the most depressing story I have ever read. It is not for everyone. I don't do drugs, but I believe I just did. I like books that invoke strong feelings, even if they are uncomfortable feelings as in this book. The horror is the reality. You know that for some people this is their life. We live in a society where some people are raised by drug addicts, who were also raised by drug addicts or alcoholics. Kids who are introduced to drugs at extremely young ages. I will never judge again. There are real hells, right here on Earth.
A very realistic peek into the world of drug addiction. Just the explanation of the title Milk-Blood at the beginning of the audio will give you chills. Jay Wohlert delivers an excellent perfomance and does a fantastic job of bringing these characters to life.
All reviews are based purely on whim, fancy and my mood. They are 100% my honest and personal opinion. Hey, you get what you pay for!
Milk blood is a bleak, unflinching look at people in desperation situations. When I say bleak, I am not exaggerating. These people are more than down on their luck, they have hit rock bottom. It’s a gripping mix of the horror show that is drug addiction and otherworldly horror that feels so natural your skin may crawl. It’s descriptive and gut- wrenching and some truly terrible things happen to an innocent young girl. You might want to have something upbeat nearby because some of these scenes may wreck you. Unless I’m just getting wimpier as the years go by. Nah. I don't think that's it.
I listened to this story in its unabridged audiobook format which immerses you in the desolation of the story. The narrator is deadly serious (as he needs to be) and, to be honest, though it’s only 3 hours or so, I had to take breaks and listen to some silly horror podcasts in between. This story is intense and bothered me on a level that most horror can’t reach. It’s similar to Lynda Barry’s Cruddy in that way. Only without the humor. There's nothing humorous here.
Don’t do drugs people. Just don’t.
*I received a copy of the audio from the author.
If you like happy endings, this is not the book for you. I love the different perspectives that you get from this book including notes from the author. I would consider this a real life horror story since this can and does happen on the streets. It's a wonderful eye opener into the drug world.
The narrator did a good job with this book, especially since it's read from different perspectives. He makes sure you know who is talking and also tells you when it's a note from the author so you don't mistake it for the story.
The writing style of this book is very different. You get to hear the story's point of view from all characters and the notes from the author really tie it all together.
Milk-Blood is not your standard tale, nor is it the standard voice used by authors. The narration fit the story very well. It was a gripping tale that I was not initially taken by, but by the end I was fascinated by the character development and narration. It is a gritty story of the inner city that is emotionally charged scenes. Milk-Blood is a story that I am going to think about for a while to come.
. Although it was very unique and the deeper psychology of it, I felt as though it fell short and didnt end well.. The first half of the story laid a nice foundation and kept me hooked, eager to learn more. However it seemed to set you up for a spectacular ending that just never materialized.
dismal urban horror
Not a book but a movie - Wes Craven's "The People Under the Stairs".... except the movie had a happier ending.
Not a story for everyone. There is no happy side to this tale. It's gritty and dirty and makes you feel like you want to shower after reading/listening to it. But very very well written and I actually like stories that are not formulaic. This tale took me places I didn't think it would. Nice little gem.
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